Women's body image

Women's body image.

When it comes to how satisfied they are with their own bodies, notions women hold of what men seem for in females may be key, a redone study suggests. Researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas found that women are happier with their superiority if they believe that men prefer full-bodied women a substitute of those who are model-thin pharmacy. "Women who are led to believe that men prefer women with bodies larger than the models depicted in the media may savvy higher levels of self-esteem and lower levels of depression," take the lead researcher Andrea Meltzer, a social psychologist at Southern Methodist, said in a university scoop release.

The study included almost 450 women, the majority of whom were white, who were shown images of women who were either ultra-thin or larger-bodied. Some women were also told by the researchers that men who had viewed the pictures had tended to fancy the thinner women, while others were told that men had preferred the larger women home page. Both groups of women then completed a questionnaire meant to assess how they felt about their weight.

The result: women who were told that men pick larger-bodied women were more satisfied with their own weight. That could have natural implications for women's unbalanced and manifest health, according to the researchers, because prior studies have suggested that women who are gleeful with their bodies tend to eat better, be more active and have more self-esteem. They also verge to be less prone to depression, and shun eating disorders and excessive dieting, Meltzer's team said.

Meltzer said that most erect women do tend to believe that straight men desire the type of "ultra-thin women" that are favored by the media. So the unripe study suggests that "interventions that alter women's view regarding men's desires for ideal female body sizes may be effective at improving women's body image". But it's also not leap how long the effect of those messages might last.

It's likely that women would have to gather that message repeatedly to overcome the strong influence of ads and other media that link thinness with desirability. According to the cramming authors, prior research has found that women who read a lot of fashion magazines and vigil lots of TV have worse body image and self-esteem as explained here. The study was published recently in the weekly Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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